Time for some truth.
The Manual Itself
You’d best practice some more, “legion of publishing professionals”. Shit like this is why most of you have been replaced by the spellcheck function.
Killing Trees and Misrepresenting the Size of the Manual
It’s not uncommon to see situations like this where the only actual content on a page is a single sentence.
No, adding pretty arrows doesn’t make it okay when people are expecting 2400 pages of substance, not 2400 poorly phrased sentences.
Grammatical Decisions Made On-High
How does it make sense for there to be different rules for poetry depending on prior publication status? Is this some scheme to resell the same book to people under the guise of a new version? Sort of like how you’re the selling the 15th edition of this manual as the 16th?
And no, expanding the “section on bias-free language” doesn’t count as a significant update. Don’t fuck with me — you can’t pretend this shit’s worth $65.
Italicizing Foreign Words
Can you even imagine how subtitles would look? Holy shitballs, there’d be more visual cancer than a Funimation release.
Okay, that makes sense. Maybe you aren’t such a shitty manual after all–
Does “the Victorian era” not refer to a specific thing? CMoS, please.
A Superior Alternative
Gomen nasai, kawaiianimegirl_deviantart-XD686.jpg. There’s no real style guide that can handle even a fraction of the English language properly, because the only people who are intellectually capable of creating such manuals skipped out on grabbing an English degree and have real jobs.
Instead of irrelevant tomes, I suggest grabbing a few pints and reading http://www.crymore.net/ religiously to improve your understanding of the English language. Crymore.net: Because fuck the Chicago Manual of Style.